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A Snapshot into.. Coventry

  • May 04, 2020

Coventry is a city in central England, known for being the home to rich history, ancient legends and an abundance of unique arts and culture. The city itself is just one hour from London by train with great transport links to surrounding areas. The estimated population of Coventry lies at 366,800 residents, making it the 9th biggest city in England and the twelfth 12th in the UK.

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwick NHS Trust (UHCW) operates from two sites; University Hospital Coventry and the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby, and maintains a strong focus on the provision of high quality, safe and effective patient care. The Trust provides both emergency and elective care and specialises in cardiology, neurosurgery, stroke, joint replacements, in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and maternal health, diabetes and kidney transplants. They are also a designated major trauma and cancer centre. The Trust employs over 8,700 staff and delivers acute healthcare to the population of Coventry & Rugby as well as more specialist services to that population and regionally.

Facts About Coventry

  • Coventry is due to be the host city for the common wealth games in 2022
  • George Eliot lived and went to school in Coventry.  Life in the city around 1830 was the model for Middlemarch, her most famous novel.
  • All modern bicycles are descended from John Kemp Starley's Rover safety cycle, invented in Coventry in 1885.
  • Coventry Transport Museum has the biggest collection of British made cars, motorcycles and bicycles in the world.
  • Coventry has 26 twin towns and cities, including Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), Dresden and Jinan in China.
  • Coventry is further from the coast than any other city in Britain.


Cost of Living in Coventry

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for two people


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle





Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Coventry to Cities in the UK:


Time it Takes to Travel


 1 Hour


 2 Hours


 2 Hours 45 Minutes


 1 Hours 57 Minutes


 4 Hours 2 Minutes


 23 Minutes


 2 Hours 30 Minutes


 5 Hours 36 Minutes

Education in Coventry:

According to the government website, Coventry has access to 102 Primary Schools, 35 Secondary Schools and a further 33 colleges for 16 to 18 year old’s. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit the Coventry City Council website here.

Coventry is also home to it’s own University. Coventry University was awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (2017) and offers a wide range of exciting undergraduate and postgraduate courses, both online and on-campus! The University has 34,985 students and widely welcomes international students.

Things to do in Coventry:

Coventry Transport Museum

In the heart of Coventry city centre, this huge Museum is home to the world's largest collection of British road transport in public ownership. The Museum is laid out as a journey through time – so visitors are able to wander through 19th Century streets and discover the first bicycles, carriages and cars, then explore the first car factories and even witness the destruction caused by the war and the Blitz. Moving through the rise and fall of the city's largest industry, you will come face to face with the world's fastest car - Thrust SSC. Entry to the museum is free for those who live in Coventry.

The 3 Cathedrals

Not many Cities boast more than one Cathedral and yet Coventry has three! Celebrated as the UK's favourite 20th century building, Coventry Cathedral is known all over the world as a beautiful and unique venue. Designed by architect Sir Basil Spence following the bombing of the city in 1940 it was opened in 1962 and contains some of the finest examples of 1950's and 60's art and architecture in the country.

Ricoh Arena/Wasps

The Ricoh Arena is an award-winning venue in Coventry, hosting a variety of sport, business and entertainment events, while also home to Wasps Rugby and Wasps Netball. Attracting thousands of music fans from across the country, the Ricoh Arena also hosts a variety of music concerts throughout the year. Previous performers include Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Rihanna and Take That. The building itself is equipped with a hotel, two restaurants, a coffee shop, a bakery and one of the largest casinos in the UK.

FarGo Village

FarGo Village is an artistically repurposed industrial space used exclusively for creative, independent businesses. FarGo is home to independent coffee shops and restaurants, and to artists, crafters and designers who are making jewellery, upcycling furniture and restoring antiques. FarGo also hosts unique events and a creative arts programme, featuring live music, exhibitions, craft markets, and food festivals.

Relocation to Coventry

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Find and compare schools in England. 2020. All Schools And Colleges In Coventry - GOV.UK - Find And Compare Schools In England. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 22 April 2020]. 2020. Study | Coventry University. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 22 April 2020].

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